The first thing you’ll notice about Flying Egg St Leonards is the design. Owner Shane Lee clearly has a flare for working with difficult spaces, and this oddly triangular venue sitting in an arcade that leads to St Leonards Station is definitely architecturally challenging!
By setting the counter and kitchen to one side, Lee has cleverly opened up natural light and long distance views along the railway line. By painting the fixtures and ceiling black, and the brick walls white, the view has been kept as the café’s centerpiece.
A clever central divider running down the middle of the venue gives the impression of intimacy to the tables on either side, without closing down the view.
White tiles, wall mounted light fittings, and off white wood grain paneling around the kitchen window complete the elegant picture, creating a space that really punches above its neighbours in The Forum.
While it was well made and nicely presented, I found The Grounds coffee a little hollow in the middle in across a Latte ($3.50) and a Flat White ($3.50). Sugar did improve the coffee's roundness.
From the clean and well-organised kitchen you’ll find breakfast dishes that highlight good produce. The Morning Glory Breakfast ($20) is a good exemplar – it’s a heaving plate of nicely lean bacon, two great breakfast sausages, vividly green spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, a pair of poached eggs, buttered sourdough toast and a hash brown. Each ingredient is well handled; with my suggested improvement being heating the plates in winter so this hefty breakfast stays hot for long enough to eat it.
Plump Sweet Corn Fritters ($16) are another winner, presented as a tower with a poached egg, and spinach hiding under a fan of avocado. It’s hard to resist throwing in lean Bacon ($4), which proves to be a nice salty contrast to the sweetness of the compelling house-made tomato chilli relish.
With crisp clear sound delivered by a Bose sound system, there’s a definite feeling of quality at Flying Egg St Leonards. Even though it’s early in the piece, it’s easy to see why it’s already attracting a fashionably hip and discerning crowd of Asian-Australians.
Flying Egg St Leonards
Shop 6P6. The Forum,
201-205 Pacific Highway, St Leonards
Ph: (02) 9438 4358